Latin American tour August 2008 – Day 17 – Panama

A chance to relax and get a lie-in in Panama City before catching our afternoon flight to Bocas del Toro, the cacao production and heavy tourist region in the north west of the country.

Our connection with Panama stared a couple of years ago when we were contacted by two different ex-pats living in Panama and trying to get chocolate projects started in the country. One of these was Margaret Ann, who with her husband Henri Escudero, runs the Jungle Lodge at La Loma – an alternative holiday destination right in the jungle in the Bocas del Toro region, with a working butterfly farm and a small quantity of cacao trees.

If you’ve been to some of our tastings or read our newsletter in the last few years, you’ll know that Margaret and Henri have been supplying Bill McCarrick at Sir Hans Sloane with small amounts of cacao liquor – roughly ground roasted cacao beans. Bill has been turning this into some great finished chocolate using his ‘ChocoEasy’ conching machine.

Given that the liquor has mostly been made by pan roasting over an open fire or in a domestic oven, then hand grinding, the results have been pretty good. I think Bill even bettered his gold award-winning rose petal bar when he made it with the Panama chocolate he’d conched, for the Academy Awards ceremony in April.

Panama has a tiny cacao production in comparison to other countries in the region – 2,000 tonnes per year compared to Ecuador’s 115,000 or Venezuela’s 45,000 or so. There are however, cacao farms laying dormant because local prices are so low, so we’ve been talking for some time about how we could help farmers and the industry in Panama and perhaps help to start a more organised production of quality cacao liquor.

Perhaps in time it might even be possible to produce finished chocolate in Panama, or at least some more rustic products based on rough-ground liquor. This was our chance to investigate the local industry and talk to some of the farmers and businesses we’d been hearing about for the last few years.

All that is to come though. After arriving in Bocas town, we checked into to our lagoon-side hotel and repaired to the waterside bar and restaurant a few doors up at Hotel Angel for margaritas. There we reconnected with Kate Malone and Tom Bouwens – our travelling companions from back in Guatemala. Kate and Tom are spending longer in Panama to work on various projects, including liquor making possibilities.

best running backs in nfl historyFocus all of your energy into completing the task and you sure to win.10 Bad Habits to Ditch for a Happier YouRemember all of those days in the weight room? What about the drills that your coach made you http://www.cheapjerseys2013.com repeat over and over again? Remember what it was like to go in and give every ounce of your physical and Fake ray ban Sunglasses sale mental strength to your game? You are one determined individual. Williams was pretty stoked about it, too, saying that Norton is “from Baltimore, so he really felt passionate about The Wire.” For the record, Norton was actually born in Boston and raised in Columbia, MD, a suburb that consistently makes it onto “Best Places to Live” lists and is mostly known for recycling drives and a mall. And sadly, Williams’ heroic role was cut down to about five seconds, reducing his participation to “Harlem Bystander.” Here’s the whole thing:”OMAR RUNNIN’, YO!”Nevertheless, you can develop a core group of suppliers you can trust. Here are tips to help:Good suppliers and good deals don’t just show up on your doorstep. You need to put considerable effort into finding the best products, prices and suppliers. You can find names of suppliers by scouring trade magazines and newspapers, searching the Internet and reading messages posted in online forums or mailing lists. Then it up to you to contact suppliers and get the best deal.Nike (NYSE:NKE) has wholesale jerseys not had the kind of year that investors associate with a strong performing company. Year to date the company has underperformed the S 500 by a little over 20% and are that far off their 52 week high as well. On one hand revenues increased by 8% when accounting for currency and 10% on a currency neutral basis. On the cheap nfl jerseys other hand their gross margin was hit by 2% due to leaving the golf industry Cheap Jerseys and what is now becoming a regular issue of foreign currency exchange rates. Growth in the bottom line looked good until you peel it back and see the tax rate dropping to 2.5% from 18.4% Fake Oakleys last year was likely what helped it along. Were it not for that drop in the tax rate the slipping gross margins and rising expenses would have resulted in a very different quarter with just over $.61 in earnings per share being reported, a full six cents lower than last year’s quarter.There are enough examples Port Adelaide this year for one that the link between off field prosperity and on field success isn’t necessarily inextricable. I’m more concerned that the football community http://www.nfljerseysshow.com is being conditioned to accept a lack of competitiveness in the shorter term, from game to game.

Leave a comment